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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

Vow of Poverty

Reverend Father Brian Andrew Bushell said he took a vow of poverty, “joined a monastery on Athose, and learned how to separate sea salt from seawater.”  He apparently also took a vow of fraud. According to the U.S. authorities, allegedly while under the guise of...

Experienced Consultant Needed

Patrick Walsh knows about blimps. After all he is an international blimp magnate owner of Florida based AirSign AirShip Group, the world’s largest airship company. AirSign AirShip is the nation’s largest blimp manufacturer and their airships seen in the skies at such events as...

Prior Conviction

Maybe the kind of businesswoman Barbara Martin actually was could have been figured out by the actions behind her application to be a Medicaid provider in 2013. Martin had falsely listed her daughter, Zamika Walls, on the application as the person who ran the...

The Fraudster’s Cake Company

Two years ago, on August 3, 2020, Christen Schulte pled guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering from her employer and other individuals associated with her employer as a book keeper and office manager of a farm and trucking company. Despite the...

Can I Take Your Order?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is an all-too-common quote used to inspire anyone confronted by failure. But for Salwan Adjaj, once a dentist from Oregon, maybe an addendum “but don’t try to succeed in crime” should have been added. Beginning in...

We’re On a Mission For Fraud

Classic line from John Belushi, as “Joliet” Jake Blues, to his brother Elwood Blues, played by Dan Akroyd, in the 1980 movie Blues Brothers - “Well thank you pal! The day I get out of prison, my own brother picks me up in a...

Start Up Guy

Joshua Leavitt describes himself on LinkedIn as a “start-up guy.” But one activity Leavitt appears to have“started up” is fraud. On July 29, 2022, Leavitt pled guilty to bank fraud in conjunction with a forgivable $125,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan. Leavitt and his co-defendant Pierre...

Advice From Death Row

Sheila Denise Dunlap’s son had never steered her wrong before. He may have made a few mistakes along the way which put him on death row in San Quentin State Prison, but he had never given her advice she shouldn’t follow. Which might be...

Means Justify The End

“The end justifies the means” is a phrase of Niccolò Machiavelli. It means that if a goal is morally important enough, any method of getting it is acceptable. “Morally” might have been a word that Martin Kao struggled with. When explaining to the U.S. District...

The Numbers of Victims Yet Unknown

Despite good intentions to aid those hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the more than $5 trillion approved for the CARES ACT, ended up really helping fraudsters. The total amount stolen from the federal aid program is yet unknown, but the Labor Department estimates there could...
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